Barracuda’s Opens Weekly Pop-Up Restaurant at Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church

| November 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

While Barracuda’s Locust Point Tavern is still trying to get its building at 1230 E. Fort Ave. back in operation after a July 4th fire, its drinks and dishes are now available four days a week at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church at 1532 E. Fort Ave.

Barracuda’s is calling the pop-up ‘Lunchroom’ and is using the basement of the church, which is accessible via Towson St. The space has 14 tables, a few bar seats, and a full kitchen. The Catholic Community of South Baltimore has used the space for events in the past, including a previous Barracuda’s pop-up.

Lunchroom is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 7pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8pm.

Barracuda’s General Manager Samantha Stinchcomb told that Father Josh Laws reached out to Barracuda’s owner Billy Hughes offering to help after the fire and said they could use the space and kitchen whenever needed.

The menu at Lunchroom is not quite as big as the restaurant’s normal menu, but still has a fairly large selection of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, as well as a couple of entrees.

Starters include Maryland crab soup, BBQ pork nachos, tomato soup, and meatballs; salads include Joe Rag’s, the Blackened Shrimp Greek, and a Caesar; and sandwiches include Barracuda’s Porketta, Lombard Street Corned Beef, Italian Cheesesteak, fish and steak tacos, and some new items. The entrees are the Jerk Chicken Pasta and Rigatoni Bolognese.

Lunchroom will have five employees in the kitchen and three working the floor.

Stinchcomb said it’s nice to be back with their customers and getting to eat Barracuda’s food again.

A GoFundMe launched in support of Barracuda’s has helped keep its full-time staff paid while Barracuda’s has been closed. Stinchcomb said Hughes and the team at Barracuda’s has been trying to make the best of this bad situation.

Barracuda’s has been running a drink bar on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the On Brazilian Time food truck at 1302 Key Hwy.

Stinchcomb said they are not putting a timeline on the return of Barracuda’s at 1230 E. Fort Ave. as they are working through insurance issues and navigating the supply chain problems in the construction industry. She called it a “total gut” and said the fire damaged the upstairs, while the water and smoke destroyed everything but the kitchen. She did say they are committed to returning to the building.

Photo courtesy of Barracuda’s

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